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UNHCR Briefing Notes: Sudan/Eritrea, The Congos

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Quoted text from this briefing note may be attributed to the UNHCR spokesperson named below
Kris Janowski - Public Information Section

1. Sudan/Eritrea

A total of 11,785 Eritrean refugees have returned to Eritrea since UNHCR began a voluntary repatriation program on 25 July from camps in Sudan's eastern state of Kassala. The figure includes 1,926 returnees ferried home by 105 trucks on Monday. The number of returnees

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Congo War Moves Into Third Year, No End in Sight

By Stephanie Wolters
KINSHASA (Reuters) - The war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo moves into a third year Wednesday with no sign of an early end in sight despite a 1999 peace deal.

On the battle front, a cease-fire is showing signs of strain.

On the diplomatic front, there is little evidence of any meeting of minds between President Laurent Kabila and either his foes or anyone else trying to defuse the conflict.

With would-be mediators showing signs of frustration and reports of spreading inter-ethnic killings in the east,

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Burundi + 4 others
IRIN Update 979 for the Great Lakes

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DRC: Concern over possible link with RoC rebels

Diplomatic sources have expressed concern over reports of a possible link between DRC troops and rebels loyal to ousted Republic of Congo prime minister Bernard Kolelas. The latter is said to have visited Kinshasa to discuss an alleged deal to attack the

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Angola + 1 other
Southern Africa to Draft Policy on Conflict Diamonds

WINDHOEK, Namibia (Reuters) - Southern African countries are preparing a joint position on the restriction of trade in so-called conflict diamonds, which finance many of Africa's long-running civil wars, a regional official said Tuesday.
There is increasing international pressure for measures to end the illegal trade in conflict diamonds, also known as blood diamonds.

''The campaign against conflict diamonds could cause a consumer reduction, which could contribute negatively to the economies of diamond producing countries,'' John Chanda, coordinator

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Burundi + 4 others
Bulletin quotidien d'information No. 979 pour la région des Grands Lacs

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RDC : Inquiétude sur de possibles liens avec les rebelles de la RC

Des sources diplomatiques se sont déclarées préoccupées par les informations faisant état d'un lien possible entre les troupes de RDC et les rebelles fidèles à l'ancien premier ministre de la République du Congo qui avait été évincé de ses fonctions, Bernard Kolelas. Ce dernier se serait rendu à Kinshasa afin de discuter d'un présumé

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Burundi + 3 others
IRIN Update 978 for the Great Lakes

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DRC: Congolese flee Libenge bombing into CAR

Fighting in the northwestern province of Equateur has prompted some 6,000 people from the DRC, mostly women and children, to flee into the Central African Republic (CAR), UNHCR reported on Friday. On Saturday 22 July alone, some 1,203 people arrived in the

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Extremist Rwandan militias attack DRC village: villagers

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 31 (AFP) - At least six civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) were injured in a weekend attack by Rwandan Interahamwe militias, injured villagers told AFP Monday.
Interahamwe militias took an active role in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, and some have been trained and equipped by DRC President Laurent Kabila to help fight the rebels he has been in conflict with since August 1998.

Some 3,000 militias attacked the village of Rumangabo, 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Goma late Saturday, the

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Burundi + 3 others
Bulletin quotidien d'information No. 978 pour la région des Grands Lacs

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RDC : Les Congolais fuient les bombardements de Libenge

Les combats qui prévalent dans la province d'Equateur, au nord-ouest, ont poussé quelque 6 000 personnes de RDC, essentiellement des femmes et des enfants, à s'enfuir en République centrafricaine (RCA), a signalé le HCR vendredi. Dans la seule journée de samedi (22 juillet),

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Angola + 3 others
Building classrooms in Namibian refugee camp

When bureaucracy delayed a donation for expanding the primary school in Osire refugee camp in central Namibia, the parents decided to take matters into their own hands. Supported by the Osire camp branch of the Namibian Red Cross Society, whose members are themselves refugees, they have set to work to construct 13 new classrooms with mud-brick walls under tented roofs.
The pupils are helping too, by packing rectangular wooden moulds with wetted earth to make the bricks, and drying them under the scorching midday sun. So keen are the refugees on expanding
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USAID Field Report Democratic Republic of Congo Jul 2000


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Afghanistan + 15 others
WHO: EHA Highlights Issue 1, Jul 2000


New documents published in July and available from EHA:

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Burundi + 8 others
IRIN-CEA Weekly Round-up 30 covering the period 22-28 Jul 2000

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DRC: More attacks in North Kivu

Incidents of banditry are on the rise in the Goma area of North Kivu, humanitarian sources reported on Thursday. The compound of MSF-Belgium was attacked last week by armed robbers, with communications equipment and flight tickets stolen. On 18 July, a truck preceding an MSF-Holland vehicle was attacked by "uncontrolled armed

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Afghanistan + 3 others
UNHCR Briefing Notes: Iran/Afghanistan, DR Congo, Eritrea Repatriation

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Quoted text from this briefing note may be attributed to the UNHCR spokesperson named below
Delphine Marie - Public Information Section

1. Iran/Afghanistan

More than 57,000 Afghans have returned home since the beginning a six-month voluntary repatriation program from Iran that began on April 8. Last week, a total of 4,680 Afghans returned home under the joint program between Iran and UNHCR. Refugees register

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Security Council reviews latest developments in DR of Congo

Calling on all parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to adhere to their peace commitments, members of the United Nations Security Council today re-pledged their support for the Lusaka peace process and the Kisangani Disengagement Plan.
The call came in a brief press statement by the Council's current President, Ambassador Patricia Durrant of Jamaica, after the 15-member body met in closed consultations to hear a briefing by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hédi Annabi on the postponed deployment of an expanded UN presence in the DRC.
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Angola + 3 others
Dirty diamonds

By Bruce Wilkinson
Diamonds, as the industry advertises, may be the "international symbol of love" to a young couple shopping for an engagement ring. But thousands of miles away from the jewelry store, they represent something quite different: the exploitation of natural resources by brutal rebel groups and their accomplices.

Americans can help stop civil wars in Africa by refusing to buy "conflict diamonds."

Last week in Belgium, the World Diamond Congress voted to develop strict guidelines to prevent the trafficking

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Internal Displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Updated Country Profile

The Global IDP Database of the Norwegian Refugee Council has now updated its country profile on internal displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A brief summary is presented below. The complete profile can be accessed at www.idpproject.org or sent to you by e-mail on request (idpsurvey@nrc.ch).
The present situation of internal displacement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a result of events which started
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DRC: IRIN Focus on the Interahamwe in North Kivu

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SAKE, North Kivu, 28 July (IRIN) - Joseph Bizimana lies on a stretcher at a military camp near the eastern DRC town of Sake, grimacing from pain due to a bullet wound in his right thigh.
The 26 year-old Rwandan is a member of the notorious Interahamwe militia, widely held responsible for unleashing the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. He was captured after a shootout between the Interahamwe and a combined unit of Rassemblement congolais pour la democratie (RCD-Goma) troops and their Rwandan backers at Sake on the night of 9 July.
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Burundi + 4 others
African Refugees Occupy The Cathedral Of Niamey

NIAMEY, Niger (PANA) - Some 100 African political refugees Friday continued a sit-in at the cathedral of Niamey, demanding the UNHCR to give ample attention to their cases, the private Anfani radio said.
It said most of the protestors, who have been in the church since Monday, are people who fled Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Central African Republic and Cameroon in fear of political prosecution.

"We have reported to the UNHCR as required, but its behaviour toward us does not give us any hope that we

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Angola + 8 others
IRIN-SA Weekly Round-up 30 covering the period 22-28 Jul 2000

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ZIMBABWE: Economy takes a battering

Zimbabwe's economic crisis has led to the loss of an estimated 200,000 jobs since the beginning of this year, mainly because of pre-election violence and dwindling investments, according to the country's employers confederation.

John Mufukare, the chief executive of

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